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Vic Biorseth, OWM; Saturday, July 19, 2014
Over time, the world always glosses over the differences between simple good and evil. Right and wrong. True and untrue. What was right and wrong in your grandparent's day is not the same today.
How can that be?
A falsehood cannot "become" true. A vice cannot "become" a virtue, simply over time. But man can over-emphasize the importance of the worldly over the spiritual to such a degree that the spiritual may as well not even exist. A weak man can allow that to happen; a stronger man may be fooled, trained or formed into a more worldly and less spiritual man; the truly evil man is already there; he is doing the work of advancing evil.
Evil never makes more progress than when men do not even believe that evil exists. Evil men are working overtime to convince decent men that evil does not exist, through the promotion of untruth, error and wrong. In three steps.
First, they blur the distinction between right and wrong; then they promote the falsehood that right and wrong do not even exist; then they work to make wrong look right. To make a falsehood accepted as true. To make something evil be accepted as something good. To bring man down to the purely worldly.
Today's Obamunist/Marxocrat crisis du jour involves American government orchestrated criminal alien intrusions into American sovereign territory, this time by tens of thousands of "unaccompanied children" from various central American countries. Suddenly. In waves and waves. Border Patrol agents are purposely pulled back to some 45 miles inside the border to allow it to go on unabated, and so that all the newly employed government workers can pick them up and bus them all over the nation, quickly, before any of them are screened in any way or identified, and before any paper trail can be formed.
It overloaded the new employees, so more are being hired; it overloaded the buss supply, so more are being ordered. So the Obamunists started using their FEMA re-education or concentration camps for staging, to hold the kids till busses could take them to uninformed neighborhoods all across the nation, to be scattered and randomly deposited as little geopolitical time bombs.
Unknown numbers of smugglers, gangsters and Jihadists are taking advantage of the absolutely open border situation and upping their numbers radically. There are supposedly over 65,0000 children, but a total of something over 300,000 total criminals crossing just in the few months since this started, and the inflow is increasing daily. Right according to plan. It is a mass migration from Latin America into the USA, with no stopping, no papers and no screening whatsoever. If they get here, they can stay here, and they know it. That's why it's accelerating. They already have de facto amnesty, before they even get here.
Like migrating wildebeests, they pour across the border. And the instantaneous knee-jerk reaction of Christian Americans of all description is "We've got to feed the children, quick, because they're hungry." No matter where they came from, no matter how they got here, no matter who incentivized them, no matter what their motivation or of those who sent them, we've simply got to feed them. It's a Saul Alinsky "organized" Cloward-Piven strategy using foreign children to destroy us.
Hey, we're Christians, they're hungry children, that's what we are called to do, let's go.
I remember an argument many years ago with a nun regarding the treatment of children. She quoted Psalm 137 Verse 9 to me, as follows:
What we were discussing was the unchanging nature of doctrine that comes out of the unchanging revealed Gospel, versus the new "reinterpretations" in the New American Bible. After quoting Psalm 137, she said, paraphrasing, that any God who would do such a thing was not the kind of God she wanted to believe in. When I told her she had no choice in the matter, for there is only one God, she simply turned away and ended the conversation.
Children died in the Great Flood. Children died in Sodom and Gomorrah. When Israel took the Promised Land, many cities, including Jericho, were placed under the ban, meaning no one was to survive. No one was to profit from war; there would be no booty, no slaves, no flocks or herds. Everything was to be killed, destroyed, torn down and burned, for God ordained it to be. He was displeased with this people, and He used Israel to destroy them.
What makes modern man think that God changes to suit the times?
What happened to all these children after death is not given. What is given is that the wrath of God is to be feared on earth.
Over-emphasis of compassion, and promotion of unlimited mercy are some of the tools of evil used in the spiritual destruction of man. The love of God is unlimited, but ours is not. He is perfect, we are not. We must use adult judgment, as best we can, imperfect though we are. Because God loves us all unconditionally does not mean that He saves us all unconditionally.
There are conditions that must be met. Everyone won't meet them.
The parable of the Good Samaritan is used most often to show how we are to treat our neighbor. But everyone forgets that the discussion revolved round who, exactly, is your neighbor. It was a lawyer, or a man of the law, who was testing Jesus when he asked the question that prompted the parable. We all know that the Samaritan was the "your neighbor." But we always forget the others in the parable.
The Priest and the Levite who passed by, unconcerned, were somewhat less your neighbor. The robber was definitely not your neighbor. The point is, everyone on earth is not your neighbor.
"Oh, but we mustn't be judgmental" say the evil ones. We discussed that in the Judgmentalism page. The evil one would love to rob you of your adult judgment, and make all your decisions for you.
Gross over-emphasis of unconditional love, slyly applied, is the most effective tool of evil in the destruction of man.
Evil takes any quote of Jesus and seeks to apply it universally.
Again, God loves unconditionally, but He does not save unconditionally. "Love your enemy" is a favorite quote. The early Christians eventually won over their Roman conquerors through love, and passive resistance. We don't really know how much of that was man and how much was the Holy Spirit.
Although God does not change, the world does indeed change. Christianity advanced, to a point, and is now in retreat, everywhere. Evil also advanced, and is now in ascendency. Marxism seeks to eliminate all religion, and Islam seeks to eliminate all belief systems other than Islam, and both seek to establish world domination in the name of evil.
Loving your enemy might work if your enemy is merely a political opinion or a divergent denomination, or even a reasonable unbeliever. It worked, to a point, in America when applied by Martin Luther King Jr., but the movement has been co-opted and taken over by Marxism, and is now cooperating in the destruction of the Constitution. It did not work as popularly advertised in India when applied by Mahatma Ghandi. It only worked in so far as to get the English to leave, but India herself therafter split into West Pakistan, India, and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh,) and Moslems and Hindus are still killing each other on the Indian sub-continent to this very day.
If we, through loving our enemy, surrender to Marxism, or present our necks to Islam, what happens to the divine instruction to go forth and baptize all nations, teaching them all that Jesus taught the Apostles?
Are Marxists and Moslems our neighbors? Are we to love them unto death? Unto the death of Christianity? Are we to not resist the advance of evil in the world, out of misplaced love?
What is the purpose of the Church Militant?
Look to Jesus for your example of how "man" is to handle evil in this world. Remember the horse-hair whip, and the money changers in the Temple? Remember how he called the Pharisees a brood of vipers? Remember the blessings and the curses? Remember the end He predicted for that man by whom evil comes?
If we don't seal our borders, the whole world is going to suffer enormously for it. This President is not going to do it; he is the instigator of it. He is loving every minute of it. It's the same in all the recently destabilized Islamic lands. He destabilized them.
All the Islamic lands in the world followed the pattern set by the great Ataturk in Turkey, in that the government was secular, and separate from the religion. The Islamic drive to Ummah, or the Caliphate, was subordinated to the secular civil law. Until the overthrow of the Shah of Iran during the Carter administration, when Islam returned to governing a people.
President George W. Bush made a valiant attempt at encouraging a secular democratic government replacing the dictator Sadam Hussein in Iraq. That has now been purposely completely undone by the current President.
Comrade Obama (peace be upon him) has destabilized Islamic dictator after dictator, leaving only Islam and the Koran to take over in their places. Dictators they were, yes; but also suppressors of pure forms of Islamic law. And pure, Koranic Islamic law demands the conquering of the world. He did all of this, too, and he is loving every minute of it, as he moves between fund-raising, vacations and golf-outings.
The long peace of Ataturk proves that most Islamic people do not want pure Islamic law; they would be fools to want such a life. But it doesn't matter what they want; their religion, or their ideology masquerading as a religion, demands the forcible achievement of Ummah. Those who feverishly drive the Islamic ideology will force all to submit to Islamic law, or die. The dogs of Islam are once again off the leash.
These crises are not the worst of it, for America, Americans and the rest of the world. Malignant Mercy is what is most likely to doom us as a nation and as a stabilizing force throughout the world. Purposefully mal-formed compassion perverts our basic national sense of right versus wrong. Every ancient sin now comes with it's own pitiful "I can't help it" excuse, and is excused.
I was born thataway; it's my nature; God made me this way, and God loves me, so who are you to call me a sinner? God doesn't make junk, so stop treating me as if I were junk. I just want to keep on sinning and be accepted as a normal member of society.
But, you see, it isn't true. No one is born to sin without choice.
It's a lie. Very simple; nothing to it. It's a lie.
We discussed official government involvement and two-Party involvement in anti-Constitutional treachery in the Treachery and Treason pages. More recently we talked about USCCB involvement in exacerbating America's criminal alien problem and the dissolving of America's territorial borders in Incremental Tyranny, and in Catholic American Treason. And we discussed the insidious infiltration of Marxism into the highest levels of the Church hierarchy in the multiple articles among the Infiltration of Evil pages. But none of this "slippage" in proper American Catholic leadership would have been possible if there hadn't previously been a very serious softening or even elimination of proper moral teaching coming from the Bishops.
We need to go all the way back to the Refuting Perverted Catholicism pages to see where the American Bishops started going off the moral tracks. It's our loss of moral compass that poses the greatest danger to the whole nation, and to the larger world. You can blame whoever you want to blame; there's certainly enough to go around. I'm a Catholic; I blame my Catholic Bishops.
We used to anathematize sin, now we tolerate it. We said in Incremental Tyranny that once you allow Satan on the bus, you may be certain that Satan will wind up driving the bus. Those who once anathematized sin will be anathematized themselves for saying one word against sin. It is happening now. The sodomites anathematize opponents of sodomy as homophobic bigots.
Sin now anathematizes us. We already look like the new Sodom, if you just turn on your TV, go to your local theater, read common publications or browse the internet. Or go to school. Or go to court. Or go to Church. We started out tolerating sin; now we are the ones not tolerated by sin. We won't be tolerated.
This, I submit, is America's greatest danger.
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Date: Sun Jul 20 18:27:36 2014
Location: Wyoming, PA
What your are describing in your article is the concept of "veloctization", a term coined by the late Francis Schaeffer describing the inevitable change in the rate of moral decline. For example, riding in a car and accelerating from zero to sixty mph you feel the change in velocity, but traveling for awhile at sixty you feel nothing. You have become velocitized and sixty feels "normal" even though you are actually traveling at a speed deadly to humans. Accelerate to eighty, ninety, a hundred, and the same happens. The same can be said about the fall of morality. Every incremental increase in the rate of fall becomes velocitized, and the person (and thus the culture) accepts it as the new "normal" until the next increase. The late Senator Daniel Moynahan wrote a similar article describing a reason for the gradual slide of morality. He used sociological theory and saw it as the gradual defining down by society as to it what considers deviant behavior. People may dislike change and will grumble about it, but they hate violent confrontation and upheaval, so they tend to define deviancy down in order to maintain the stability of the civil order within. What was once considered deviant eventually is defined down to being normal. The name of his article I believe is "Defining Deviancy Down".
Neither message by either author is very promising.
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014
From: Vic Biorseth
Quite right, but what pains me is that it has not been and is not being resisted enough by those with the power to stop it. I question the fatal inevitability of it. The real problem with the "veloctization" process is the predictability of how the ride will end. If no one ever applies the brakes, of course, the vehicle will never stop in a happy way.
That's the problem. Everybody is just going along for the ride. Senators; Congressmen; Justices; Mayors; Governors; Judges; Bishops; Priests; Ministers; Rabbis. They either want the vehicle to crash and burn, or they are too stupid to see the end coming.
Evil or stupid. I see no other choices.
Our corporate sense of charity and mercy becomes malignant when the mercy we show someone will result in our own destruction. We all want to feed, cloth and house the children; but we haven't even looked at the children in need. Some of them are really just children, left to their own devices for whatever reason; but which ones?
Among them are disease carriers, but that is the least of our problems. Among them also are teen and even pre-teen members of gangs such as MS13. This is something most Americans cannot even begin to grasp. They will start new "cells" of their gangs, just as Jihadis start new Jihadist cells, and just as Communists always start new cells of revolutionaries. But the Central American gangsters are different.
Initiation into some of these gangs requires committing X number of rapes and X number of murders. And there are teen and pre-teen members.
This is where we are because (in my opinion) a bunch of high ranking clerics went along with contraception back in the 1930s, and Saul Alinsky practically invented the CCHD and infiltrated the Catholic Church and already Communist dominated unions, and clerics were de-moralized along with everybody else during the 1960s, and maybe half of American clerics of all denominations became at least vaguely anti-American without necessarily being conscious of it.
We can see it in the media, and in academia, and in show biz; but the Church is supposed to be immune from all that. The Church is supposed to be our fixed peg in a sure place.
It is our Bishops who failed us the most, and who continue to fail us.
Date: Mon Jul 21 02:34:33 2014
Location: Wyoming, PA
I just read your response. I wanted to tell you that I just saw Dinesh D'Souza's movie "America". It was informative. It was emotional. It was terrific. Many of your concerns will be answered there. Do go see it. Tell your friends.
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014
From: Vic Biorseth
We haven't seen it yet, but I have read other D'Souza work, and he is a good man. Whatever his offered solutions are, they will be far from painless and devoid of high risk. Things have gone too far; evil now holds all the high ground in America. Even those who do not participate in evil not only tolerate it, but bless it. Evil has formed itself into a new cultural guiding ethos for America and for the world.
I don't know what D'Souza put forth as an "answer" to these concerns, but I can tell you this: Returning America to her original foundational Judeo-Christian Guiding Ethos will require an extremely divisive and extremely risky re-evangelization and re-introduction to Truth, on a massive scale.
Consider these quotes of the Lord Jesus:
The Jews were divided in their own households between those who accepted the Messiah and those who rejected Him. The Gentiles and the Pagans were divided in their own households between those who accepted Jesus and those who rejected him. So it must be in America today. Households will be divided between those who return to the Lord, and those who reject him, and who gather with the sinners in preference to gathering with the Lord.
There will either be a "Remnant" of followers who emerge from all of this division, or - all will be lost. Everything depends upon the existence, size and political power of a dedicated Remnant.
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The Purpose of this grouping of links is to highlight miss-placed and miss-applied Christian Mercy, which inevitably becomes Super-Toleration of Evil, and Progressive Compromise with Evil, until Evil Rules.
The Miss-Placed Mercy Pages.
Describing the process by which formerly Christian American Culture degenerated into the corrupt, decadent and perverted mess we see today, in art, entertainment, literature, science, journalism, politics and general social behavior. Evil now dominates. Mercy is best applied to those best disposed to receive it. Note well that Biblical Mercy was not applied to the ancient Canaanites.
Does the Year Of Mercy mean the end of Moral and Spiritual Discernment? Fr. Larry Richards says the one thing you are absolutely forbidden to ever apply to anyone else is Judgment. Is that true? And is Mercy absolutely Limitless?
On The Evil One's Mal-Formed Compassion and Malignant Mercy. In malignant mercy we see that evil and untruth can infiltrate and commandeer even the virtues.
On the developing Catholic theological "Mercy War". Has Blessed Cardinal Newman's "Development of Christian Doctrine" been weaponized in the new Mercy War?
Is our Mercy to be unlimited? Should Mercy be applied even to Satan himself? Mercy for your brother, your neighbor, your political enemy; the common criminal. But what about Mercy for the murderous, rapacious horde outside the city walls?
On the Year of Mercy, Obstinate Unrepentant Sinners, and Pure Evil. In this Year of Mercy, are we to be merciful even to the evil barbarian hoard laying siege outside the city walls?
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